The Equipment Draw

At 10 AM there was the draw of supplied equipment, where using a lottery ball machine you’d get your board according to the lottery machine.  It was a big contraption and took forever to circulate the ping pong balls and spit out the board assignments.  I got ball number 45, all the windsurfers gasped, that was Gebi’s old sail number. (gebi is the ex-coach I had to beat at the Olympic trials)  Take it how you wanted I looked at it with motivation.

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We were supposed to pick up the equipment that afternoon but it was delayed until the next morning because of a few of the mast tracks had a missing washer, so the poor equipment rep had to take out the mast track out of 75 boards and fix the 2 that were missing the washer.  I was a bit bummed as I planned to sail that day, and had to wait yet again.  All good I went to the gym again, got a solid workout in and was the first one to pick up my gear the next day.

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Having supplied equipment at the Olympic Games was new for the class and hadn’t happened since the1996 games in Atlanta.  They also changed the manufacturing technique on the boards so they would all be closer in tolerance. However it also changed a bit of the feeling of the boards thru the water.  I felt good, but not as fast as the training camp I had last month in China with my then slowest gear.  Just a little off on the way the board cut through the water and the downwind sail feel.  Otherwise everything looked great, I had the stars and stripes all across the 3rd panel of the sail and it looked fantastic.  My name was stuck on the bottom of it, and was a fantastic feeling to rig it for the first time and say, that’s my sail, that’s for my country and I can’t wait to represent us well!

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